PC sacked after assaulting teenager in Richmond

The assault took place outside the Premier store in Cross Lanes.

A police officer who once saved a woman about to jump off a bridge over the A1(M) has been sacked after assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Richmond.

PC Graeme Gale was fired after a disciplinary hearing on Friday.

The hearing took place after an incident in July 14 last year outside the premier convenience store in Cross Lanes, Richmond.

While off duty PC Gale was involved in an altercation with the boy.

The hearing heard he had pulled the boy off a wall “and/or attempted on him numerous leg sweeps/kicks and caused him to fall to the ground”.

The assault resulted in the boy suffering scratches to the back of his neck and some pain.

On November 19, PC Gale attended Teesside Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to assault.

PC Gale then attended the court on December 17 and was sentenced to a 12-month community order and ordered to pay a victims’ surcharge and costs.

The hearing took place at North Yorkshire Police headquarters in Northallerton on Friday, with the three-person panel chaired by Chief Constable Lisa Winward.

The force said in a statement: “Chief Constable Lisa Winward concluded that the allegation had been proved and amounted to Gross Misconduct.

“The sanction was PC Gale was dismissed without notice and will be placed on the College of Policing Barred and Advisory list.”

PC Gale previously received a Royal Humane Society Award for risking his own life to stop a young woman jumping off a bridge over the A1.

The woman was on the wrong side of the railings in March last year, but the officer reached over to grab the young woman as she was about to jump.

To read more on the hearing click here.



  1. Years ago if you got a clip from a policeman on duty or off it was generally deserved then when the father found out they’d get much worse because the police then were respected. It’s a forgotten word nowadays respect, just a shame there’s lack of it.

    • Years ago PCs lived in their community and they kept crime low. See the obituary about may father published here a few weeks ago.

  2. The world has gone mad! Kids and a lot of adults (not everyone) have no respect for anyone these days. Police officers were once highly respected human beings and if you got told off by one, you certainly got a clip when you got home. Nowadays they get a pat on the back and told well done! We need to stop pussy footing around and start to discipline kids again. A good hiding never hurt anyone!

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